Gauthier and de Queiroz identified four different definitions for the same biological name "Aves", which is a problem.  Some desert birds can obtain their water needs entirely from moisture in their food. 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Landbirds have a flight range of around 2,500 km (1,600 mi) and shorebirds can fly up to 4,000 km (2,500 mi), although the bar-tailed godwit is capable of non-stop flights of up to 10,200 km (6,300 mi). Once the blood has become deoxygenated, it travels through venules then veins and back to the heart. However, there are ecological and demographic constraints on extra pair matings. In exceptional circumstances, such as when resources are abundant or predation causes the loss of several clutches in a row, Song Sparrows have laid as many as seven clutches in a single breeding season, and have successfully reared up to four clutches. Amateur bird enthusiasts (called birdwatchers, twitchers or, more commonly, birders) number in the millions. (2004).  The length is thought to be related to sperm competition. Carl Linnaeus modified that work in 1758 to devise the taxonomic classification system currently in use. ", "The Surprising Closest Relative of the Huge Elephant Birds", "Can birds be ammonotelic? The other 25% of the air goes directly into the lungs. 7–41 in. They are separated from the very similar chiffchaff by their song.  Incubation periods range from 10 days (in woodpeckers, cuckoos and passerine birds) to over 80 days (in albatrosses and kiwis). Many landbirds, shorebirds, and waterbirds undertake annual long-distance migrations, usually triggered by the length of daylight as well as weather conditions. Most bird scales do not overlap significantly, except in the cases of kingfishers and woodpeckers.  Some species also have dual fovea. Birds are social, communicating with visual signals, calls, and songs, and participating in such behaviours as cooperative breeding and hunting, flocking, and mobbing of predators.  Hornbills have a mutualistic relationship with dwarf mongooses, in which they forage together and warn each other of nearby birds of prey and other predators.  Once the blood reaches the heart, it moves first into the right atrium, then the right ventricle to be pumped through the lungs for further gas exchange of carbon dioxide waste for oxygen. Many species will spread out their wings and expose them to direct sunlight and this too is thought to help in reducing fungal and ectoparasitic activity that may lead to feather damage. The spine has cervical, thoracic, lumbar and caudal regions with the number of cervical (neck) vertebrae highly variable and especially flexible, but movement is reduced in the anterior thoracic vertebrae and absent in the later vertebrae. Signals must be costly to ensure that only good-quality individuals can present these exaggerated sexual ornaments and behaviours.. Jacques Gauthier, who named Avialae in 1986, re-defined it in 2001 as all dinosaurs that possessed feathered wings used in flapping flight, and the birds that descended from them. , Avialans diversified into a wide variety of forms during the Cretaceous Period. These migrations vary among the different groups.  While some birds are generalists, others are highly specialised in their habitat or food requirements. Some fly, some swim, and some run really fast.  In the ancient world, doves were used as symbols of the Mesopotamian goddess Inanna (later known as Ishtar), the Canaanite mother goddess Asherah, and the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Likewise, birds are considered reptiles in the modern cladistic sense of the term, and their closest living relatives are the crocodilians. Incubation, which optimises temperature for chick development, usually begins after the last egg has been laid.  They also have double cones, likely to mediate achromatic vision.  Moulting is annual in most species, although some may have two moults a year, and large birds of prey may moult only once every few years. Nicholls, (Eds).  The nictitating membrane also covers the eye and acts as a contact lens in many aquatic birds. , Birds are often important to island ecology.  In ancient Greece, Athena, the goddess of wisdom and patron deity of the city of Athens, had a little owl as her symbol.  Many homeowners erect bird feeders near their homes to attract various species.  Most displays are rather simple and involve some type of song. Lee and Spencer (1997) argued that, contrary to what Gauthier defended, this definition would not increase the stability of the clade and the exact content of Aves will always be uncertain because any defined clade (either crown or not) will have few synapomorphies distinguishing it from its closest relatives.  Upon inhalation, 75% of the fresh air bypasses the lungs and flows directly into a posterior air sac which extends from the lungs and connects with air spaces in the bones and fills them with air. , In nearly all species of birds, an individual's sex is determined at fertilisation. Birds have been domesticated by humans both as pets and for practical purposes. Kleptoparasitism is thought to be a supplement to food obtained by hunting, rather than a significant part of any species' diet; a study of great frigatebirds stealing from masked boobies estimated that the frigatebirds stole at most 40% of their food and on average stole only 5%. A behaviour termed as anting in which the bird encourages ants to run through their plumage is also thought to help them reduce the ectoparasite load in feathers. The inner ear has a cochlea, but it is not spiral as in mammals. A rich, russet-and-gray bird with bold streaks down its white chest, the Song Sparrow is one of the most familiar North American sparrows. These birds do not exhibit temperature-dependent sex determination, but temperature-dependent sex mortality. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA, de Beer SJ, Lockwood GM, Raijmakers JHFS, Raijmakers JMH, Scott WA, Oschadleus HD, Underhill LG (2001). , The high metabolic rates of birds during the active part of the day is supplemented by rest at other times. Bird feeding has grown into a multimillion-dollar industry; for example, an estimated 75% of households in Britain provide food for birds at some point during the winter. A rich, russet-and-gray bird with bold streaks down its white chest, the Song Sparrow is one of the most familiar North American sparrows. 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Willow warblers are small birds with grey-green backs and pale under parts. Colourful birds, such as parrots and mynas, are bred in captivity or kept as pets, a practice that has led to the illegal trafficking of some endangered species. Jones DN, Dekker, René WRJ, Roselaar, Cees S (1995). , Eyes of most birds are large, not very round and capable of only limited movement in the orbits, typically 10-20°.  After a parasitic bird lays her eggs in another bird's nest, they are often accepted and raised by the host at the expense of the host's own brood. Many sleeping birds bend their heads over their backs and tuck their bills in their back feathers, although others place their beaks among their breast feathers. Many species of birds are economically important as food for human consumption and raw material in manufacturing, with domesticated and undomesticated birds being important sources of eggs, meat, and feathers.  Embryo survival (that is, hatching success of fertile eggs) was significantly lower for sib-sib mating pairs than for unrelated pairs.  Other birds are scavengers; some of these, like vultures, are specialised carrion eaters, while others, like gulls, corvids, or other birds of prey, are opportunists. , A few species are able to use chemical defences against predators; some Procellariiformes can eject an unpleasant stomach oil against an aggressor, and some species of pitohuis from New Guinea have a powerful neurotoxin in their skin and feathers. Thereâs also an isolated population that lives on the plateau of central Mexico, about 900 miles from the next closest population. They are found mainly on the toes and metatarsus, but may be found further up on the ankle in some birds. More recently, new fossil and molecular evidence is providing an increasingly clear picture of the evolution of modern bird orders. , Plumage is regularly moulted; the standard plumage of a bird that has moulted after breeding is known as the "non-breeding" plumage, or—in the Humphrey–Parkes terminology—"basic" plumage; breeding plumages or variations of the basic plumage are known under the Humphrey–Parkes system as "alternate" plumages.  When not copulating, it is hidden within the proctodeum compartment within the cloaca, just inside the vent. Males sing often, perching around eye level on exposed branches. the first dinosaurs closer to living birds than to Tyrannosaurus rex. At the same time, a strong, vibrant song will help attract a mate. Birds are descendants of the primitive avialans (whose members include Archaeopteryx) which first appeared about 160 million years ago (mya) in China. , They may also serve as religious symbols, as when Jonah (Hebrew: יוֹנָה, dove) embodied the fright, passivity, mourning, and beauty traditionally associated with doves.  Sound production is achieved using the syrinx, a muscular chamber incorporating multiple tympanic membranes which diverges from the lower end of the trachea; the trachea being elongated in some species, increasing the volume of vocalisations and the perception of the bird's size. Signals can be interspecific (between species) and intraspecific (within species). Cladogram showing the results of a phylogenetic study by Cau, 2018. Feathers are epidermal growths attached to the skin and arise only in specific tracts of skin called pterylae. "Comparative study of general public owl knowledge in Costa Rica, Central America and Malawi, Africa".  Euornithes also included the first avialans to develop true pygostyle and a fully mobile fan of tail feathers, which may have replaced the "hind wing" as the primary mode of aerial maneuverability and braking in flight. , Cladogram of modern bird relationships based on Kuhl, H. et al. "Eros and Evolution: A Natural Philosophy of Sex" Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading, Massachusetts. Some nectar-feeding birds are important pollinators, and many frugivores play a key role in seed dispersal. The arrangement and appearance of feathers on the body, called plumage, may vary within species by age, social status, and sex. Adaptable, colorful, and cheery-voiced, House Finches are common from coast to coast today, familiar visitors to backyard feeders. The loss of osteoderms otherwise common in archosaurs and acquisition of primitive feathers might have occurred early during this phase. The forelimbs are modified into wings. The absence of nests is especially prevalent in ground-nesting species where the newly hatched young are precocial. Apart from physical wear and tear, feathers face the onslaught of fungi, ectoparasitic feather mites and bird lice. In addition, many species of birds regurgitate pellets. The atrium and ventricles of each side are separated by atrioventricular valves which prevent back flow from one chamber to the next during contraction. , Although human activities have allowed the expansion of a few species, such as the barn swallow and European starling, they have caused population decreases or extinction in many other species.  These are backed up in some species by their ability to sense the Earth's geomagnetism through specialised photoreceptors.. Many bird species have established breeding populations in areas to which they have been introduced by humans. Many of these early avialans shared unusual anatomical features that may be ancestral to modern birds, but were later lost during bird evolution. It is most often triggered by temperature changes and usually occurs when the normal territories also become inhospitable due to lack of food. Phylogenetic taxonomy places Aves in the dinosaur clade Theropoda..  Species may also travel shorter distances over part of their range, with individuals from higher latitudes travelling into the existing range of conspecifics; others undertake partial migrations, where only a fraction of the population, usually females and subdominant males, migrates. The nervous system is large relative to the bird's size.  Chicks may also follow their parents during their first migration. , The consensus view in contemporary palaeontology is that the flying theropods, or avialans, are the closest relatives of the deinonychosaurs, which include dromaeosaurids and troodontids. This may allow the eye opposite the sleeping hemisphere to remain vigilant for predators by viewing the outer margins of the flock.  Falcons and cormorants have long been used for hunting and fishing, respectively. Songs will carry quite far, and birds will perch near the edge of their territory to broadcast their claim to the maximum range. The skeleton consists of very lightweight bones. As a result, birds have more blood in their capillaries per unit of volume of lung than a mammal. In natural populations of Parus major, inbreeding is avoided by dispersal of individuals from their birthplace, which reduces the chance of mating with a close relative.. Nevertheless, 43% of broods produced by incestuously paired females contained extra pair young. Avian hearts are generally larger than mammalian hearts when compared to body mass.  Chickens account for much of human poultry consumption, though domesticated turkeys, ducks, and geese are also relatively common. , Based on fossil and biological evidence, most scientists accept that birds are a specialised subgroup of theropod dinosaurs, and more specifically, they are members of Maniraptora, a group of theropods which includes dromaeosaurids and oviraptorosaurs, among others. Birds are a group of warm-blooded vertebrates constituting the class Aves /ˈeɪviːz/, characterised by feathers, toothless beaked jaws, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a strong yet lightweight skeleton. , Like the reptiles, birds are primarily uricotelic, that is, their kidneys extract nitrogenous waste from their bloodstream and excrete it as uric acid, instead of urea or ammonia, through the ureters into the intestine.  The centrifugal moult is modified in the tail feathers of woodpeckers and treecreepers, in that it begins with the second innermost pair of feathers and finishes with the central pair of feathers so that the bird maintains a functional climbing tail.  Many types of avian sexual selection have been identified; intersexual selection, also known as female choice; and intrasexual competition, where individuals of the more abundant sex compete with each other for the privilege to mate. As both species are small aerial and canopy foraging omnivores, a similar ecological niche was inferred for this hypothetical ancestor.  However, an earlier definition proposed by Jacques Gauthier gained wide currency in the 21st century, and is used by many scientists including adherents of the Phylocode system. This is a mucus-covered pouch that allows parents to either dispose of the waste outside the nest or to recycle the waste through their own digestive system.  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